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Shadow energy

Leveraging shadows to generate energy

Darkness could become a source of renewable energy New developments in photovoltaic panels have led researchers to develop an evolution in photovoltaic cells to utilise both light and shadow, a reality of the application in the real world where light is usually more discontinuous. A similar approach to energy generation[…]

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Lab grown meat

Future food?

Or rather…..The future of meat based foods? Would you eat a burger, chicken nuggets or sausage manufactured in a lab? Some say that this perhaps is the next most sensible step in the production of meat for the future. It is pretty clear to many the sheer quantity of resources[…]

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language translator

Translate language in real time

Language translating earbuds The Pilot Translating Earpiece is designed to allow two people speaking different languages to communicate with each other freely. The speech is then passed through the Pilot App, where layers of speech translation technologies occur. At $179USD, the system is priced at an accessible lave to most. Waverly Labs is[…]

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Indoor-solar cells

Indoor organic solar cells

New developments form Swedish and Chinese scientists have led to a development of a new kind of organic solar cell that has been optimised to convert ambient indoor light into electricity. Producing only a low power, it should well be enough to power the many products that the internet of[…]

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Solar Roof

Solar roof revolution

Invisible Solar Cells So..how much income are the tiles on your roof producing for you right now? Probably zero. More to the point they are probably costing you money, with maintenance and the like. Enter solar roof tiles from Tesla thanks to Elon Musk and his teams to change the[…]

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Airpack Drones

AIR PACK drone aims to be a private delivery system

Send me a large pepperoni with anchovies! So…it’s no surprise that the likes of Pizza Hut are considering the likes of Air Pack as a method of delivery, along with a variety of larger corporations.  A step towards personal delivery drones being more of a personal gadget is also worth considering the[…]

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Spinach Heart Tissue

Transforming Spinach Leaves Into Heart Tissue

Spinach leaf aiding in tissue regeneration. Using the plant like scaffolding, research teams at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) built a mini version of a working heart, which may one day aid in tissue regeneration.  The Researchers have turned to the vascular system of plants to solve a major bio-engineering problem blocking the[…]

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Sign language glove

Sign Language to Speech

New smart tech turns sign language into speech and text. MotionSavvy has been founded by a team of students from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and it seems that more great tech is coming out of the institute also with a similar approach under development from the SignAloud team.[…]

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Electric Bus

Electric roads that charge vehicles

Electroad paving the way towards a greener future. Israeli startup Electroad has designed technology that retrofits existing roads with buried coils to inductively charge electric vehicles. The team has already performed successful tests of the technology, and will be demoing the electric roads on a larger scale with a public bus[…]

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Paperfuge

Healthcare Transformation – the 20cent Centrifuge

Frugal science for diagnosing disease. Known as the “Paperfuge” invented by Manu Prakash, Professor of Bio-Engineering at Stanford, is like the piece of lab equipment it’s named for, the centrifuge, it can spin biological samples at thousands of revolutions per minute, by hand. The simple solutions are often the most accessible, and therefore[…]

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